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Atlanta Falcons' Jacquizz Rodgers (22) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Carolina Panthers with teammate Joe Hawley (61) during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. AP FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons’ plan to add more “explosive” plays appears to be paying off. Last season, the Falcons had only 32 pass plays of 20 yards or more — the team’s definition of an explosive play — which was 31st in the league. They had just six plays of 40 yards or more last season, which ranked 22nd. Through 13 games, they have 46 pass plays of 20 yards or more, which ranks ninth overall in the league. Quarterback Matt Ryan has eight plays that have gone for 40 yards or more, which ranks him tied for eighth in the league. The Falcons used two explosive plays from key additions to fuel their 24-0 second-half rally in the 31-23 win over Carolina on Sunday. Julio Jones had a 75-yard touchdown catch and running back Jacquizz Rodgers had a 31-yarder …

Falcons happy to have coach back

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Perhaps Falcons long snapper Joe Zelenka put it best when asked about how the team felt when coach Mike Smith had to get off the teams charter plane in Charlotte and head to the hospital after falling ill following Sunday's win over Carolina. You never want to leave a man behind, Zelenka said, citing the military credo, especially your general. Zelenka...

Matt Ryan is stepping up for the Atlanta Falcons

26-year old QB Matt Ryan has really stepped up in the last six weeks for the Falcons.  In his last six games, Ryan has completed 134 of 227 passes (59%) for 1,791 yards with 14 TD passes and 4 INTs.  He has now played in 13 games for the Falcons overall this year and he has completed 288 of 479 passes (60.1%) for 3,474 yards with 23 TD passes and 12 INTs (88.0 QB Rating).  He...

Falcons' Smith will not alter coaching regiment

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said he will not change his coaching style despite being hospitalized with chest pains following Sunday's game at the Carolina Panthers. Smith was back with the team Monday night and said if he does anything different, it will not affect his role as a coach. “I’m going to have to evaluate some of the things that I do, but not coaching this...

Atlanta Falcons (8-5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)

The Falcons are pretty hot right now as they have won six of their last eight games.  The Falcons are surging towards a playoff berth, but they can’t afford to overlook the visiting Jaguars tomorrow.  The Jaguars thumped the Buccaneers 41-14 last Sunday in Jacksonville, so they have to be feeling good about themselves going into tomorrow’s game.  Here is a look at the matchups...

Atlanta Falcons team report: Mike Smith assures team he's fine

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TV, radio: Jaguars at Falcons, 8:20 p.m. Thursday

  The NFL Network's Mike Mayock FLOWERY BRANCH — In addition to being on the NFL Network, the Falcons game against Jacksonville will be televised locally on WATL. Here’s the TV and Radio information for the Falcons (8-5) game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) which is set for 8:20 p.m. Thursday night at the Georgia Dome. RADIO COVERAGE: Star 94 (94.1 FM/790 AM)...

Q&A: Mike Smith gives an update on his health

Falcons coach Mike Smith addressing the local media on Monday after going to the hospital with chest pains in Charlotte. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/ FLOWERY BRANCH — After putting the team through a brisk 40-minute walk-through practice, Falcons head coach Mike Smith addressed his health on Monday night. ON HIS VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL: I want to say that after the game...

Falcons' Smith back in Atlanta after hospital stay

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is back home after being taken to the hospital in Charlotte, N.C.

Atlanta Falcons team report: Baker moved to right guard in win over Panthers

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Ryan, Pierre-Paul, Baldwin win NFC player of the week honors

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin were named the NFC’s players of the week for Week 14. Ryan won the offensive player of the week award after his phenomenal second-half effort led the Falcons to a come-from-behind win at Carolina. The Falcons trailed 23-7 at halftime, but…

Sam Baker gets some action at Right Guard

CHARLOTTE — Sam Baker, who opened the season as the Falcons’ starting left tackle, played right guard for the first time in his NFL career on Sunday. Joe Hawley started the game at right guard before giving way to Baker. Hawley later returned after Baker’s man, Antwan Applewhite, sacked quarterback Matt Ryan in the end zone for a safety. Baker, a former first-round pick, was...
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